Basketball: Karr, De La Salle build momentum heading toward playoffs

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Area Prep Basketball Report for Tuesday, Feb. 15

Class 4A is absolutely loaded in boys basketball with New Orleans area schools the dominant forces.

When brackets are announced and the playoffs begin next week, three New Orleans schools will sit in the top seeded positions as the teams to beat, including defending state champion McMain and Carver, who lost to McMain by a point in the title game a year ago.

For that matter, Landry is outstanding and the Buccaneers are currently seventh while Lakeshore is a good team and is ninth in the power rankings.

Do not sleep on Karr.

The Cougars are tough physically and mentally, well coached and battled tested against a very challenging schedule.

The Cougars are also playing well.

Karr won its eighth straight game Monday night, easily handling Helen Cox on the road 81-33 in the District 10-4A finale for both teams.

Taurus Howard has his team peaking at the right time.

Tristan Brooks led Karr with 17 points, Jovan Taylor scored 12 points and eight rebounds and EJ Riley produced 10 points and five assists.

Karr (29-5) is third in the most recent LHSAA power rankings behind Carver and McMain and have a chance to reach the second seed though Carver appears locked into the top seed, at this point.

On the select side, another team to watch is De La Salle.

Always formidable, Paul Kelly has his Cavaliers poised for a run in Division II.

After a bit of a slump when the Cavs lost five of six games against elite competition, including Karr, McMain and Newman, De La Salle is back on track.

The Cavaliers handled Ben Franklin 73-51 at home Monday night for its second straight win.

In a game that was close for three quarters, the Cavaliers held just a 50-46 lead going to the final quarter before exploding, outscoring the Falcons 23-5 in the final frame to pull away for the win.

It was a balanced effort for the Cavaliers.

Sophomore Armand Woods led De La Salle with 18 points, junior Terrance Vincent scored 16 points, senior Eamon Kelly had 12 points and junior Ocean Hall chipped in with 11 points.

De La Salle is fifth in the most recent LHSAA Division II power rankings.

De La Salle (15-9) returns to action at home against Thomas Jefferson tonight at 7 p.m. against Thomas Jefferson in an 11-3A contest.

Ben Franklin (13-12) has lost four straight and the Falcons travel to Lusher Charter Friday night in District 11-4A play.

Area Prep Basketball Results from Monday, Feb. 14

Boys

De La Salle 73, Ben Franklin 51

Karr 81, Helen Cox 33

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